Drunken cherries with vanilla ice cream

Cherry-flavoured brandy adds a boozy kick to Theo Randall's simple, summery dessert
By Theo Randall
Drunken cherries with vanilla ice cream
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 large handful cherries, stones removed
  • kirsch, to tase
  • 2 scoops good quality vanilla ice cream

Tips and Suggestions

Traditional to Germany, kirsch is a clear liqueur made from cherries. It's handy to have on hand in the kitchen for making fruit desserts and cakes but is also used in savoury dishes such as cheese fondue and duck with cherries. You'll find it on sale in good supermarkets as well as independent off-licences.


1. In a small saucepan, combine 4 tablespoons of the caster sugar with about 5 tablespoons of water and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the cherries and a couple of extra tablespoons of sugar and heat until the cherry skins have burst, about 1-2 minutes. Add a glug of kirsch to taste and stir well.

3. Put a scoop of ice cream in each serving dish. Spoon over the hot cherries and syrup and serve the ice cream will start to melt enticingly.

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